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    Posted: 24 Apr 23 at 7:41am
I have a friend, a lady of a certain age, who sails a small rig laser with more enthusiasm than skill. She is prone to capsizing and is finding it increasingly difficult to right it and get back on board.
So, what suggestions for a singlehander, less likely to capsize than a laser, that's easier to right and reenter. Needs to be in the radial to 4.7 speed range





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What other classes/fleets do you have at the club?
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Topper, fairly easy to right, certainly easier than a Laser.
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Estuary sail, must be fast enough to beat the tide. Won't want to sail with the cadets so nothing slower than a 4.7.
I t will be sailed on handicap so as long as in the Radial to 4.7 range being Billy no mates doesn't matter as the alternative is stopping sailing.
I have suggested a double hander but not interested
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The 4.7 small rig is on a relatively  heavy hull.  The Streaker is much lighter and has the option of a smaller sail (as has the Solo).  The Streaker also lies relatively low in water but righting lines have been suggested as a possibility for those struggling to get back on board. There are plenty of other boats to also try.  Do not stop sailing -  if really worried sail somewhere safer - Norfolk Broads - you can usually stand up!
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What about a Europe?
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At my club the Comet suits this requirement, the only issue is that it doesnt have centre sheeting.
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Nice boat the Comet Mino, think you can get a conversion kit for centre/aft main.
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The Comet is the sort of thing I was thinking of, but not having seen one in the wild I wasn't sure. I have never sailed a Eueope but suspect it is too sporty.
Any other suggestions out there?
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Having owned one as well as a laser  I can say a Comet has many strengths. But the OP said it was for a person that capsized a lot and was having increasing difficulty righting a boat and getting back in . In which case stay away from a comet .
Itís cockpit is  relatively deep and wide so dry capsizes are difficult. It floats high in the water when on its side and when it has been righted , itís relatively high freeboard combined with the toe straps being along way away at the bottom of the cockpit make this a boat thatís more difficult to recover from a capsize than a Laser/ILCA. 
I think  the lady would be better looking at Europes or streakers or maybe even a Aero 5 if she doesnít mind kneeling. 



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